Banknotes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo or Congo-Kinshasa is a country in Central Africa bordering the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It remains largely unexplored to this day, but was first mapped by Pierre de Brazza, which allowed for Leopold II of Belgium to lay claim to the region as the Congo Free State during the Scramble for Africa in 1885. Reports of human rights abuses on rubber farms there led the Belgian government to take over the territory in 1908, and it became the Belgian Congo, or Lower Congo to distinguish it from the French Congo, or Middle Congo. Ruanda-Urundi (now Rwanda and Burundi) was attached to it from German East Africa after WWI in 1919; it was a supplier of uranium to the Allies in WWII, and gained it's formal independence from Belgium after the war in 1960. After attempted secession by Katanga, the DRC became an anti-communist right-wing dictatorship during the Cold War, known as Zaïre until 1997. After two civil wars in 1996-2003, the DRC is only a little closer to democracy as of 2018. It currently has a population of about 78.7 million, and uses the Congolese franc. The Belgian Congo was first acquired by King Léopold II in 1885 as the Congo Free State, and coinage on par with the Belgian Franc was issued in 1887-1892. The Congo Free State became notorious for human rights abuses, and was given to the Belgian government in 1908, whereupon coins in the Belgian Congolese Franc were issued starting in 1911. Ruanda-Urundi was attached to it following its acquisition from Germany in 1919. During the 2nd World War, the Belgian Free Forces were based in the Belgian Congo, and brass and silver coinage was minted. The colony became independent as the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960. The Congo Free State is the former name of present-day Republic of Congo, when it was awarded to the Belgian King Leopold II during the Berlin Conference in 1885. He made a lot of money exploiting the locals for his rubber enterprises. Due to bad conditions and epidemics many millions of Congolese died, but no accurate records exist. International pressure led to the annexation of Congo Free State by the Belgian state in 1908, which marked the start of Belgian Congo.
Wikidata: Q974

See also: Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi, Katanga

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Franc (1887-1967)

100 Centimes = 1 Franc

1 Franc (Matadi)
1914-1920

Standard banknote

P# 3B, N# 258703
5 Francs (Matadi)
1914-1921

Standard banknote

P# 4B, N# 258707
5 Francs (Stanleyville)
1914-1921

Standard banknote

P# 4C, N# 258709
5 Francs ( Elizabethville)
1914-1924

Standard banknote

P# 4, N# 254509
5 Francs (Kinshasa)
1914-1924

Standard banknote

P# 4A, N# 258706
5 Francs
1924-1930

Standard banknote

P# 8, N# 258710
5 Francs
1942

Standard banknote

P# 13, N# 258717
5 Francs
1943-1947

Standard banknote
103 × 83 mm
P# 13A, N# 220630
5 Francs
1949-1952

Standard banknote

P# 13B, N# 258718
10 Francs
1896

Standard banknote

P# 1, N# 258697
10 Francs
1937

Standard banknote
128 × 83 mm
P# 9, N# 205865
10 Francs (without overprint)
1941-1942

Standard banknote

P# 14, N# 220632
Available for swap 10 Francs (DEUXIEME EMISSION)
1942

Standard banknote

P# 14B, N# 259104
10 Francs (TROISIEME EMISSION)
1943

Standard banknote

P# 14C, N# 220633
10 Francs (QUATRIEME EMISSION)
1944

Standard banknote

P# 14D, N# 259105
Available for swap 10 Francs (without overprint)
1948-1952

Standard banknote

P# 14E, N# 259106
20 Francs
1912-1937

Standard banknote

P# 10, N# 258714
20 Francs (blue; without overprint)
1940-1946

Standard banknote
140 × 89 mm
P# 15, P# 15E, N# 213059
20 Francs (violet; DEUXIEME EMISSION)
1942

Standard banknote

P# 15A, N# 259110
20 Francs (orange; TROISIEME EMISSION)
1942

Standard banknote

P# 15B, N# 259112
20 Francs (orange; QUATRIEME EMISSION)
1943

Standard banknote

P# 15C, N# 259115
20 Francs (orange; CINQUIEME EMISSION)
1944

Standard banknote

P# 15D, N# 259116
20 Francs (blue; SEPTIEME EMISSION)
1948

Standard banknote

P# 15F, N# 259117
20 Francs (blue; HUITIEME EMISSION)
1949

Standard banknote

P# 15G, N# 259118
20 Francs (blue; NEUVIEME EMISSION)
1950

Standard banknote
140 × 89 mm
P# 15H, N# 213064
Available for swap 20 Francs
1961-1962

Standard banknote

P# 4, N# 259291
Available for swap 50 Francs
(1943-1952)

Standard banknote

P# 16, N# 201819
Available for swap 50 Francs
1961-1962

Standard banknote
140 × 63 mm
P# 5, N# 201828
100 Francs
1896

Standard banknote

P# 2, N# 258698
100 Francs
1912-1929

Standard banknote

P# 11, N# 258715
100 Francs
1944-1951

Standard banknote
157 × 100 mm
P# 17, N# 212760
Available for swap 100 Francs
1961-1964

Standard banknote

P# 6, N# 259293
Available for swap 100 Francs
1963

Standard banknote

P# 1, N# 259287
500 Francs
1943-1945 (1941-1945)

Standard banknote

P# 18A, N# 259119
Available for swap 500 Francs
1961-1964

Standard banknote

P# 7, N# 259294
1 000 Francs
1920-1927

Standard banknote

P# 12, N# 258716
1000 Francs
1944-1947

Standard banknote

P# 19, N# 259120
Available for swap 1000 Francs
1961-1964

Standard banknote

P# 8, N# 220639
1 000 Francs
1962

Standard banknote
184 × 106 mm
P# 2, N# 259288
5000 Francs
1950

Standard banknote

P# 19A, N# 259121
5 000 Francs
1963

Standard banknote

P# 3, N# 259289
10 000 Francs
1942

Standard banknote

P# 20, N# 259122

Zaire (1967-1993)

100 Sengi = 1 Likuta • 100 Makuta = 1 Zaïre

Available for swap 10 Makuta
1967-1970

Standard banknote
138 × 64 mm
P# 9, N# 233745
Available for swap 20 Makuta
1967-1970

Standard banknote
156 × 66 mm
P# 10, N# 242365
50 Makuta
1967-1970

Standard banknote
150 × 69 mm
P# 11, N# 242367
Available for swap 50 Makuta
1973-1979

Standard banknote
149 × 75 mm
P# 16, N# 212327
Available for swap 50 Makuta
1979-1980

Standard banknote
151 × 75 mm
P# 17, N# 201666
Available for swap 1 Zaire
1967-1970

Standard banknote
160 × 72 mm
P# 12, TBB# 209, N# 259296
Available for swap 1 Zaïre
1972-1977 (1971-1980)

Standard banknote
158 × 78 mm
P# 18, N# 202290
Available for swap 1 Zaire
1979-1981

Standard banknote
160 × 80 mm
P# 19, N# 205073

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